BBELS: English + Chef Program

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Students studying Commercial Cookery at North Coast TAFE (photo courtesy of TAFE)

Are you interested in working as a chef and improving your English in one of the most beautiful and touristy places in Australia? Then we can offer you some very special programs at BBELS.

Byron Bay is booming and more and more trendy restaurants are opening in town. Especially during our high season (September – March) there is a big demand for chefs from overseas. We have already placed some of our students in different restaurants in Byron Bay, and they are enjoying their Australian work experience a lot.

Monica, a qualified chef from Mexico, is one of those happy students. Read Monica’s success story here.

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Our Brazilian student, Bruno, having fun in the kitchen.

At BBELS we offer you the opportunity to combine a 12-week IELTS course at our school with an advanced diploma in commercial cookery afterwards.

Upon successful completion of the IELTS exam preparation course at BBELS, it is possible to choose between two different pathways to get a diploma in hospitality.

North Coast TAFE in Kingscliff offers a ‘Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery’ for one year, and an additional ‘Diploma in Hospitality’ for one more year.

Overall, you would be studying for up to two years at a highly recommended school with great cooking facilities, in a beautiful environment just 30 minutes away north of Byron Bay.

Alternatively, you can combine your IELTS exam preparation course with hospitality courses at a local vet school for up to 145 weeks.

This is a smaller VET school offering the following courses:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  • Advanced Diploma of Hospitality

To kick-start your career as a kitchen-hand or chef, you can also join the BBELS Job Club, and we will try to help you find your first job in hospitality in Byron Bay.

To receive further information about our ‘English plus Chef’ packages, please send us an e-mail to: